Bolsa Chica State
Beach has RV camping, bonfire rings (first come, first
serve) and a wetlands across the highway from the beach.
Concessions include a snack shop, showers, BBQ, and nearby
outside the gate of the park is Jack in the Box, Super Mex,
and Tsunami Sushi. Kookies on Warner & PCH across from the
state beach sells hats, t-shirts, swim wear, sandals, beach
stickers, suntan lotion and toys for the kids.
STATE BEACH is located on Pacific Coast Highway in
Huntington Beach, California, between Golden West Street and
Warner Avenue. It is located in the County of Orange.
Telephone: 714.846.3460 or 800.444.7275 (no tent
Operating hours: 6
a.m. to 10 p.m. The entrance gates close at 9:00
Site Camping Information Full hookups and pay
Parking fee $15 parking.
parks fees list
Camping fees for RV camping is around
$65-75/night or $455/week. No tent camping is allowed. Book
online at reserveamerica.com
Bolsa Chica State Beach is a popular place
for surf fishing for perch, corbina, croaker, cabezon and
sand shark. Also popular is in the summer is bare-handed
fishing for California grunion, a species that only spawns
on sandy southern California beaches. The beach extends
three miles from Seal Beach to Huntington Beach City Pier. A
bikeway connects it with Huntington State Beach, seven miles
south. Wildlife and bird watching are popular. Across
the road from the beach is the 1,000-acre
Ecological Reserve, operated by the California Department of
Fish and Game.
Bolsa Chica State Beach features bathrooms,
concessions with food, a paved bike and jog path, fire rings
for barbeques (first come, first serve basis), a paved
parking lot and sand beaches. Orange County Transportation
Authority OCTA buses stop regularly at Pacific Coast Highway
and Warner Avenue, next to Bolsa Chica State Beach.
Getting to Bolsa Chica State Beach
Exit San Diego Freeway at Bolsa Chica Street when coming
from the north; or exit San Diego Freeway at Beach Blvd.
when coming from the south. Turn on Pacific Coast Highway
till you see the entrance to the state beach between
stoplights at Seapoint Street and Warner Ave. in Huntington
Long Beach is to the north, and Newport Beach
is to the South of Huntington Beach. On a clear day you can
Long Beach skyline.
Accommodations / Hotels
Those who prefer a hotel at the
can sleep in comfort adjacent to the beach at
hotel. Parking at the
hotel is free. There's also a Jack 'n the Box next
door to the beach and a Super Mex across the street. For nightlife, enjoy
Blue Cafe, a club that features live bands, J.King Neptune,
or Harpoon Harry's.
HISTORY: Bolsa Chica
Circa 3209 BCE
As early as 6,000 B.C.,
it is believed that Hokan speaking aboriginal tribes
occupied the coastal region around Huntington Beach.
Artifacts from this group are scant. The sculpture above
depicts what local inhabitants likely collected and
There is more
information available about the Shoshonean Indians who lived
along the coast 1,500 years ago. Semi-permanent villages
were built near the beach and were used primarily during the
summer months. The tribes then migrated to foothills
of local mountains as temperatures dropped and colder days
set in. Probably related to Hopis, Comanches and Utes, they
moved around as hunters and gatherers.
One of their villages
called Lukupa may have been on the land later inhabited by
the Newland family. You can see the Newland's historic house
still standing near the corner of Beach Boulevard and Adams
The Shoshoneans had no
written language but passed information through song,
ceremony, dance, story-telling, petroglyphs and
Information from: Huntington Beach
, The Gem of the South Coast, by: Diann